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Children's Learning Styles for Swimming - Kinesthetic (tactile).

Children's Learning Styles for Swimming: Kinesthetic (tactile) Learner

In our previous discussion on discovering a student's preferred learning style, we talked about a visual learner or seeing learners. This time I wish to talk about the Kinesthetic or Tactile Learner.

Image of a swim teacher helping a student torpedo using a kickboard. Some children's learning styles for swimming are Kinesthetic (tactile).
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As parents and teachers, assessing preferred learning style and encouraging that style with age-appropriate activities, helps to build confidence. It also gives them the opportunity to develop coping skills and enables you to set realistic expectations.

Kinesthetic (tactile) Learner

Kinesthetic learners learn best through touch and movement. They learn by being totally engaged with the learning activity, and find learning a strain if they are required to sit still and listen for long periods of time.

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Kinesthetic learners like to feel and handle objects. They like to keep moving, doing, showing and trying things out for themselves. Traditional ways of teaching often mean that the kinesthetic learner is slower at processing information and would prefer a hands-on, more active approach.

Tips for kinesthetic learners swimming classes:

* Keep your students active
* Swim with them. Actually, hold arms or legs and physically move then in the way you want them to move. Be very careful that you do not hurt the student. It is not unusual for kinesthetic learners to try to do what you want them to do, whilst you are holding their limbs, which may result in injury if you are not gentle.


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